A Day in the Life of a General Manager -Unit Superheater Engineering Ltd

Hi, I am Steve, and I am the General Manger for Unit Superheater Engineering Limited (USE) based in Swansea. I have been with the company man & boy starting at the tender age of 16 leaving school and starting as an apprentice pipe-welder. From completing my 4-year apprenticeship with the company I was kept on as tradesman for many years before moving on to Welding Foreman then Works Manager before eventually being given the General Manager position 3 years ago. Currently been with the business for nearly 33 years.

Since my early years as an apprentice to my current years as General Manager I am sure other people in the position that I have served that no two days are the same, but here is a typical day for me at USE.

Mornings are an early start for me arriving at the plant to open up usually between 6:30 am & 7am. First thing on agenda is a morning brew to get the day started followed by a quick browse of the daily news before I press on with my day. I usually start off with a patrol of the workshops with our Workshop Manager to discuss any production or maintenance issues. This is then followed up by a daily production meeting with engineering, quality and accounts to discuss any issues which need tackling.

Mid-morning to lunchtime can consist of a mixture of various Teams meetings with various Business Developments managers and Business leaders to discuss current Sales activities and live bids. My afternoons can also be quite varied with arranging customer visits, reviewing quotations with engineering, report writing, tracking forecast and budgets with actuals.

As I said, ‘no two days are the same’.

My working day usually comes to an end around 4:30pm when I will usually take myself off to the gym. Afterall, I love my grub and you got to do something to keep off those extra pounds.